Friday, 31 July 2015

Word for the Year Update: Nourish the Soul?

Those bad habits slipped back. I started a new job and I pigged out all day e'ry day.

I went to Canada and ate a lot of large portions.

I came back and felt jet lagged and drank a lot or Irn Bru.

You get the picture . . .

I was inactive, or at least LESS active a lot of the time.

I bought a lot of clothes and shoes and not all ethically sourced.

I went back to the place where I think spending money (on clothes, on food, on anything really) might make me feel better. The place where I think eating can fill the gnawing hole in my insides.

Nah. Not an option.

On the plus side though, I did do the following things:

- keep up only buying cruelty free make up and skin care - this gets easier every time
- do active fun stuff on holiday in Canada
- register to join the gym at work (and start going!)
- actually go climbing

I think focusing on what I am doing and how best to complement it is WAY better than beating myself up over the things I did not do as that starts a cycle which is not particularly helpful or good.

And on that note: here is me doing exercise at altitude:

Give it some altitude!!!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Canada Travel Tales: Lake Louise

Lake Louise is pretty darn special - even in the pouring rain.  On Monday when we woke up it was raining in Banff.  We went to Juniper for breakfast where I had a particularly yummy salmon benny and asked what our best options would be for a rainy day.

After discussing options that mostly seemed to revolve around shopping we decided to head to Lake Louise and try our luck after stopping by our hotel room for some waterproofs!

I grabbed my hiking boots and off we went, as we got closer to Lake Louise the rain lightened and we decided it was perfect hiking weather.

Yes I wear frilly socks when I hike!
 At first it is pretty easy and flat but as you go on the paths get steeper and rockier - but the payoffs in terms of views and experience get a lot better too.

You can horse trek too!
On our way back the weather turned and it started to rain. I was so glad we had decided to hike rather than canoe on Lake Louise - I think we got better views and it sure beat being stuck in a boat in the rain. In fact it was pretty close to perfect.

Hard to find words really for this!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Tunes on Tuesday: Nele Needs a Holiday

My good friend sent me this link the other day and I keep playing it.

I had not previously heard of Nele Needs a Holiday but I subsequently listened to an awful lot of Nele Needs a Holiday songs. I loved this video as it really seemed to capture the spirit of the song in a way that got me very excited. It also features rollerskates. I am a sucker for rollerskates. Sound wise this is very pop-tastic with pretty melodies layered over lovely music, while lyrically it has a lot more bite than the sound suggests.

Actually, now I think about it I may well have heard about Nele Needs a Holiday via Lis at Last Year's Girl. Yup, here is the interview as always Lis gets the scoop on me, though, in my defence, it was posted the day before I went on holiday so I did not give it the attention it deserved! It is a really good interview too. You should totally check it out. And then check out Nele Needs a Holiday.

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